Like a moth to a flame, visitors are drawn to Cinque Terre, on the Italian Riviera, one of Italy’s most iconic sights for its pastel-hued harbour villages that are balanced inconceivably above the sparkling waters of the Ligurian Sea. But where there is beauty, popularity follows, and this is very true for Cinque Terre. But, in this case, it’s not hyperbole to state that here you’ll find some of the world’s most dramatic coastline. Who wouldn’t want to see it?
But what if you could experience Cinque Terre on your own steam, dip into its delights, because frankly - it is very delightful, then follow the pathway up and away into the mountains of the Levanto Valley. Ensconce yourself at a secluded retreat where the pleasures of slow living are championed in a peaceful and tradition-filled Ligurian way of life.
At La Sosta di Ottone III you really can have the best of both worlds. Although walking distance from the Cinque Terre, you’re a million miles from the bustle. La Sosta is located in the time-stood-still Medieval hamlet of Chiesanuova, where shady squares, dry-stone walls, terraced vineyards and the church spire give the feeling of absolute calm. Artists, potters and creative dreamers meet in the square for apertivo hour, as noted by the solemn clang of the church bell.
Enjoy this authentic village, wander the ancient pathways around the Cinque Terre, take a picnic up into the mountains but be sure to return for dinner at La Sosta di Ottone III.
Homemade from centuries-old recipes, pastas and raviolis come heaped in unctuous mounds, using local ingredients such as anchovies and octopus, and roasted Panzanella comes liberally drizzled in the hotel’s own olive oil. La Sosta has vineyards too with a sommelier to guide you through the region’s wine. Just sit back and enjoy the simple pleasures of life in the slow lane.